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San Diego Zoo

During business trip to San Diego on last October, me and my wife went to the San Diego Zoo.

On the day of visit to the Zoo, we were going to get up early in the morning. But we could not get up at the time because of heavy jet lag and got up early in the afternoon after all.

It was 12:30. The Zoo will be closed at 17:30. We hurriedly got ourselves up, got out our room, and took a taxi to the Zoo. It was 13:30 when we arrived at the Zoo.

The Zoo was full of people.

We didn’t eat any food at the day until arrival, so we first went to a cafeteria to get some foods before getting around the Zoo.

The Zoo was larger than we expected, and we thought we could not see all animals by the time of close. So we took a ride on a tour bus that brought us main areas in the Zoo.










After 40-50 min ride on the bus, we had gotten around the Zoo on foot until the time of close.



I was most exited when I saw an eagle. I love birds, and eagles is one of my favorites birds.



In this visiting at the Zoo, we were very exited that the zoo was really very big and large.   We can’t visit such a large zoo in Japan. We can see many animals that do not exist in any Japanese zoos. These satisfied us very much.


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We arrived at San Diego


Me and my wife arrived at San Diego.
Although we did not went around, the San Diego is a very nice place
and I love it.

Me and my wife went to the Sushi Bar Nippon to have dinner.
Honestly, we did not expect  too much of its taste before eating it.
We thought only if we can eat japanese foods even if it’s taste is no good.
But the sushi provided was very delicious. If the Sushi Bar Nippon is in Japan, it will be rated more than average at its taste.

We happily went back to our hotel.

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I went to the Asahiyama-zoo two days ago.


This visit was unfortunately not for leisure but for business  I had to walk around the Zoo in a suit about three hours, carrying my bag slung over my shoulder, a DSLR with my right hand and my Fuji X10 with my left hand.


Few months ago, one of the flamingos escaped from the zoo and now is in a lake in the northern part of Hokkaido. Every plan to catch him back to the zoo has failed.


He may be happy because he is no longer in a man-made cage.


The zoo wants him back until the winter comes because he is a bird of passage and will fly far away from Hokkaido.

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Visit to my parent home

Me and my wife had visited to my parent home during 12 – 14, August. It is one of my favorite events. I love to meet them.


My father is 70 years old. He had been retired at 63 and now spends his life with my mother. He likes to walk every morning for an hour for exercise. I think he is young for his age.


My mother is 63 years old. She has a little bit chronic backache. So she can not walk for a long time, yet, she is well and healthy. She likes to grow vegetables on her kitchen garden. She gives us always lots of vegetables before going back to Asahikawa.


Other favorite of hers is TV game. She said to me that she is VERY interested in the Nintendo 3DS and wants to get it from SOMEONE… The someone is, 99 % me…


At the evening of the first day, me, my wife, and my father went to the Tokachigawa Onsen to take a bath for some rest.


We had planned during this visiting to see the Tokachi Fireworks Festival in Obihiro. But unfortunately, the Tokachi Fireworks Festival had been postponed to the other day because of rain. Therefore we had unexpectedly nothing to do this evening, so we made a change in our plan. We went to eat the Butadon at the Pancho instead.


The Butadon is a bowl of rice covered with grilled pork. The pancho is the first restaurant that provides the Butadon in Japan. When we arrived at the Pancho, many people had waited to eat the Butadon.  After the dinner, we again went to the Tokachigawa Onsen to take a bath. I think we are really onsen lovers.


At the Pancho. Many people were waiting.


The Butadon.


Next day, me and my wife left Obihiro at this afternoon. On my way back to Asahikawa, we stopped at Shikaoi.


At the Shikaoi Michi No Eki (Shikaoi Roadside Station).


There were some restaurants that attract our interest, though we had enough time to visit them. Major industry in Shikaoi is dairy farming. So I think the restaurants will provide us dairy products. We wish to go there sometime.

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The Nexus 7

I ordered the google new tablet Nexus 7 on the Adorama shop at 19 July. But I do not get it because the Nexus 7 is out of stock now.

The case for the Nexus 7 that I had ordered the same day was sent to me last Saturday.



How long will I wait for the Nexus 7 ?

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We have pretty hot and sunny days in Asahikawa these days. It will be however a good season for site seeing in Hokkaido.

Me and my wife went to the Rokkatei Campana in Furano to eat Genghis Khan last sunday. On the way to the Rokkatei Campana, we dropped in the Kanno Farm, which is located between Asahikawa and Biei, to see a fields of flowers.


Flower fields of the Kanno Farm


Many kinds of flowers were there on the slight inclined hill. I love this flower fields of the Kanno Farm. The graduation of colors that many kinds of flowers produce is very beautiful. If it is a sunny day, it will be more beautiful.

We arrived at the Rokkatei Campana at 1 P.M. The Rokkatei Campana has mainly two shops. One is the confectionery shop ,and the other is the Genghis Khan restaurant, the Shirakaba Genghis Khan. The Shirakaba Genghis Khan was unexpectedly full of people when we entered it, so we had to wait about 20 min.


Genghis Khan of the Shirakaba Genghis Khan


We ordered five dishes of Genghis Khan, two small bowls of rice, a grass of non-alcohol beer, and a cup of miso soup. The five dishes of Genghis Khan might be too many for two adults. But we completely ate all dishes.

After lunch, we went to the Kaze-no garden, which is located next to the New Furano Prince Hotel, to walk and relax. There were many locusts and grasshoppers in the Kaze-no Garden. I love them, so I enjoyed seeing them, while my wife took a short nap.


A male locus is mounting a female locus.


Finally, we went to the Furano Delice to have tea. I ate a Furano melon tart; Furano melon is just in season.


Delicious melon tart!


Me and my wife were very relaxed by this drive.

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Me and my wife waked up early in the morning of this Saturday for climbing. It was the first time to climb in this season, so we decided to climb a easy-to-climb mountain, the Nakadake Onsen.

The weather was cloud until we arrived at the station of the Asahidake Ropeway.The ropeway take us to the Sugatami station where we start climbing about 10 minutes. By the time we arrived at the Sugatami station, the weather had changed from cloudy to partly sunny.


The weather was partly sunny.


The Asahi Dake, at the Sugatami station.


It will take few hours to get to the Nakadake Onsen from the Sugatami station, but the way is not hard.


We can walk on the wooden pavements.


On the way to the Nakadake Onsen, we can see small beautiful ponds and fields of alpine flowers.


At the Nakadake Onsen, we took a footbath.


Someone dug a small hole for taking a foot bath. Spring is very hot. We can cool down it by introducing cold water from a small stream.


On my way back to the Sugatami station, we met with a Ezo Stoat. He came to us jumping up and down, but not within one meter from us. Was he enjoying? Or did he expect us to give him something to eat? (Of course it is prohibited there to give anything to eat to the wild animals). We saw him for a while, doing nothing for him. Few minutes later, he disappeared into a bush.



On my way back to home, we went to the Yukoman-So to take a bath. The time to go to and from was about 6 hours (including a lunch time).

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